Training for Faculty who Teach Online

David Batts
Leslie Pagliari
William Mallett
Cheryl McFadden


The development and progress of distance education through online technologies has grown over the past ten years. Though community colleges across the United States have seen the largest increase, are its faculty members prepared to teach online? The following study examines strategies administrators may use to tram faculty who teach online courses at the community college level.



Numbers of students enrolled in online courses are highest at community colleges where “over 50% of students take online courses” (p. 21). This study sought to find out what, if any, online instructional design training community college online teachers engaged in. 404 instructors from 8 different community colleges in North Carolina took the survey. Results indicate more training for online teachers is necessary at community colleges. As only 10% of survey takers were involved in on-campus online education mentorship programs, the authors suggest mentorship programs could “provide critical support and the valuable sharing of knowledge among faculty who teach online” (p. 29).

APA Citation

Batts, D., Pagliari, L., Mallett, W., McFadden, C. (2010). Training for faculty who teach online. Community College Enterprise, 16, 21-31.

About the Study

Links to Article
Mode Online
Publication Type Journal Article
In Publication The Community College Enterprise
Type of Research Quantitative
Research Design Survey research (qualitative or quantitative)
Intervention/Areas of Study Faculty and professional development and/or training
Level of Analysis Instructor-level
Specific Populations Examined Faculty, teachers, instructors, or staff
Peer-Reviewed Unknown
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest Associates-granting
Specific Course or Program Characteristics
Outcome Variables of Interest Instructional effectiveness
Student Sample Size 100-199
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